Hey guys! So, as promised, this week’s blog post is going to be answering some of the questions I got from my Instagram stories this week - I asked you guys what you wanted to know, so here goes! I hope this is helpful! If I didn’t answer your question, no worries, I’ll be doing lots more q&a’s in the future :)
Do you take any supplements? If so, which ones?
Yes! I do take a few supplements and I think supplements are a great idea for just about all of us seeing that we live in the modern world - the quality of our food (how & where it’s grown and produced) and our every day lifestyles aren’t always the best, so I do believe supplements should be considered.
I’ll do a whole other blog post about each supplement, what they are, what they do, why I take them, etc., but here’s a quick list for now. Also, I don’t take each of these every day - it all depends on how I feel, what my body needs, etc.
Hawaiian Spirulina (I add this to my favorite “Superfood Smoothie” - here’s the recipe video)
Barley Grass Juice Powder
Plant-Based Protein Powder
You can see all the specific ones I use and recommend here. - Just scroll down to supplements!
What happens to your body when you don’t get a natural, normal, regular period?
Not getting a natural, normal, regular period (meaning not using any type of synthetic hormones, birth control, etc.) is a really scary and dangerous thing - it’s definitely something you don’t want to play around with!
There’s a whole host of things that can happen to your body, but if I had to say the top 3, they would be:
Decreased Bone Density - This isn’t something just older people deal with, I’ve worked with 13 year olds who have this! Lots of girls and women suffer from stress fractures, full-blown fractures, and have gotten diagnosed with Osteopenia and/or Osteoporosis in their teens, twenties, and thirties. The good news is, you can reverse this once you get your period back and your life back on track.
Infertility - When you don’t get a period, you’re most likely not ovulating. If you’re not ovulating (i.e. releasing an egg to potentially meet a sperm and then make a little baby) then your chances of getting pregnant are almost nonexistent. If you ever want to have kids, you’re gonna want to get your period back. (p.s. Even if you don’t want kids, that’s cool! But the other side effects of not getting a period should be enough to make you want to get it back!)
Lower or No Sex Drive: This one is all about your hormones and entire endocrine system, in general. When your estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, and thyroid levels are off, you’re just not going to ever be in the mood! Granted, a lot of your sex drive has to do with your overall happiness in life, your connection to your partner, and other external factors, too. But, overall, if you’re getting a healthy period and your hormones are good, you’re not going to have a problem here. Across the board, the ladies I work with who get a period usually have a good sex drive, while those who don’t get a period, have little to zero. If you want to get things going in this area of your life again, getting your period back is going to make a HUGE difference.
What are some tips to stop binge eating at night?
I have talked about “binge eating” a lot on my YouTube channel, so I would definitely check out a lot of those videos for a more detailed explanation of my opinion on that.
Binge eating is definitely something that a lot of people deal with, but it’s also something that a lot of people think they deal with, when they really don’t - they’re not “binging,” they’re just hungry.
The lines between TRUE binge eating and just being hungry due to a past of restriction can sometimes get blurred. For now I’m just going to focus on what I believe most people are dealing with: hunger due to restriction… leading them to eat a lot of food and call it a “binge.”
If you have restricted your food/calorie intake over any period of time (hours, days, weeks, months, years), eventually your body is going to say, “You know what? I’m hungry, so let’s eat!” And there’s no amount of will power that is going to stop that.
Your body needs energy (food) to operate, so you have to feed it enough on a consistent basis. When you stop doing this, your natural survival instincts are going to take over and make you reach for SUPER high calorie foods to fill those gaps you left over the past hours, days, weeks, months, years when you weren’t giving your body enough.
This is why you reach for foods like nuts, nut butters, ice cream, bread, pasta, cakes, cookies, and other super high calorie foods - your body is just trying to get as many calories in as it can.
This is NOT binging, this is just you being hungry.
And a lot of times, just one big meal is not going to be enough - it all depends on how long and how much you’ve been restricting. The longer and more intense the restriction, the hungrier you’re going to be so the more you’re going to eat… this can last for hours, days, weeks, or even months. Basically, your body is going to cause you to eat until it feels it’s reached a good “energy balance” again. This will be different for everybody depending on your particular situation.
So, what are some of my best tips for this?
STOP RESTRICTING! If you find yourself eating tons at night, it’s most likely because you haven’t eaten enough during the day. This is usually the number one & most common reason.
Eat more often throughout the day. In addition to not eating enough calories throughout the day, your problem could be not eating often enough during the day. If you’re going hours and hours without food, guess what your body is going to feel like? HUNGRY. So, start eating regular meals, have some snacks throughout the day, and don’t go too long without food. Sometimes even just having a small snack of some fruit & nuts or veggies & hummus or WHATEVER you want can save you from from being face-first in the peanut butter jar every night.
Eat a more balanced diet. Some people do great eating super low-fat or super low-carb or super low-protein, but not everyone does. If you’ve eaten in any of these ways and find yourself eating tons of the foods you’ve been avoiding, then start adding in those foods you’ve been avoiding, yet overeating on! What a thought, huh? Lots of low-carbers find themselves eating tons of carbs late at night just like lots of low-fat dieters find themselves eating tons of fat late at night. Simply adding in a few extra carbs or fats or proteins in your diet will help with this a lot.
Again, be careful not to mistake your hunger for “binge eating.” Yes, Binge Eating Disorder is a real thing that a lot of people deal with, but what most people call a binge is really just hunger due to restriction… so eat up.
I talk way more about this in my “Get Your Period Handbook” along with tons of other FAQ’s similar to this topic.
What do you think about “mono meals?”
For those of you who have no idea what a “mono meal” is, let me explain a little bit…
A “mono meal” is when you eat a meal that consists of just ONE food. This is a very popular way of eating in the Vegan circles, specifically the High Carb-Low Fat community. You would basically eat a meal consisting of just bananas, or just oranges, or just peaches, or just potatoes… You get the point. The rationale behind this is that by eating just one food at a time it’s a lot easier on your digestion.
For me personally, I enjoy mono meals from time to time. They do help with my digestion and it can be really satisfying to just sit down and eat 8 oranges, as crazy as that might sound to some people. If you’ve never tried it, you should! Especially with fruit!
However, mono meals aren’t for everybody. Maybe you don’t like that much fruit or maybe you want some more variety, or whatever your thing is, so it’s really up to you. As I always say, YOU DO YOU.
The worst thing you can do is think you have to do something just because you see other people doing it. Listen to your own body, do what you like, eat what you want, and move on with life. It’s just food.
how can i tell that my period and hormones are getting back on track?
Lots of different ways! If you get a consultation/coaching session with me and we get your plan figured out, you’re going to start experiencing some stuff that might make you feel a little different, “off,” or like you’re going through puberty all over again.
Here’s some of the most common signs:
1. You’ll start to notice a lot more discharge. Most of the time this will be like an egg-white texture, creamy, watery, or maybe even some light spotting.
2. Your boobs feel more full and might be a little bit sore.
3. Your nipples get really sensitive and sometimes might feel kinda painful.
4. You start to feel lower back pain or discomfort.
5. You start to feel lower abdominal pain and cramping.
6. Your digestion gets a little weird, especially diarrhea and bloating.
7. You’re more tired and hungry than before - craving lots of sweets, chocolates, or just carbohydrates in general.
8. You experience night sweats and your body temperature increases a lot.
9. Your sex drive REALLY starts to increase.
10. You start getting a lot of mouth ulcers on your gums, inner lips, tongue, cheeks, etc.
11. You start noticing more acne than normal.
These are the most common signs that things are getting back on track. You might experience all of these, some of these, or none of these - everyone is different. However, be aware that these are pretty much the same things you’ll feel right when you become pregnant, too! So you might want to go grab a test just to be sure it’s your period that’s on it’s way, not a little bambino.
I hope this Q&A was helpful! I’ll be doing lots of more of these so be sure to follow me on Instagram (@thisgirlaudra) so you can stay up-to-date! xoxo